From a safety point of view, having an easy way to get in and out of your pool is very important and one of the main areas where accidents can happen is falling and slipping from ladders and steps.
Many above ground pools, even the more expensive models, can come with a default ladder that may not be suitable for regular use from adults. Although ladders are the most widely used way of getting into and out of above ground pools, steps are in many cases the better choice.
This guide takes a look at some of the most popular above ground pool steps available, and compares them in terms of price, design and quality.
Choosing The Right Steps For Your Pool
All of the steps listed above will be suitable for pools of depths ranging up to 54″, so make sure to double check that any steps you buy will fit your pool.
One of the common questions that people ask us about above ground pool steps is whether they need a deck around the pool to fix the steps to, the answer is no, you can have steps fixed to your pool just fine without a deck, make sure to get an A-frame for the best results.
Another common misconception is that you can’t use pool steps for a round pool, you can use them just fine on a round pool.
Some steps also feature a gate on the entrance to the pool, so if you have small children or dogs that like to swim then this is a must-have for safety and peace of mind.
Also remember to get some padding to protect the base of your pool and stop the steps from moving, if you are upgrading from a ladder you will need more.
Reviews of the Three Best Pool Steps
These steps are designed for pools that have a deck around it, they can be attached to a ladder but we would advise anyone without a pool deck to get an A-frame set of steps to avoid any problems. For owners that have a pool deck these are great for a safe and easy way to get down into your pool. The steps are pretty wide and it’s one of the easiest to assemble.
Being able to fix it to a deck makes it feel more stable than some other models, just get it positioned in your pool, fill it with sand, set the anchor plates to the right height and fix them to the deck, bam! – you’re done.
Easy Pool Step Complete Stair Step Entry System
These steps may cost over twice as much as the Blue Wave set, but you do get both entry and exit steps and a very useful latch gate too. The gate and entry steps are just right for keeping out small children and dogs, the latch can also be padlocked and it is weighted in such a way that it will close if left open.
These steps can support up to 350 pounds of weight and give a stable way to get into and out of the pool, with very little maintenance because it is made from non-corrosive vinyl.
Confer Double Staircase Above Ground Pool Steps
If your budget is large enough then this double staircase is probably one of the most expensive above ground pool steps you can buy, but it definitely makes getting into the pool as simple and convenient as possible.
It is also one of the largest available on the market right now and features a latch gate, full height hand-rail that is sturdy and the whole set can take over 400 pounds of weight. This entry system is ideal for elderly or disabled users, giving peace of mind that you can enjoy swimming without worrying about accidents whilst getting in or out of the pool.